The Future Uncertainty Principle

Let's assume scientific determinism is true, and that there is an equation in which we enter the present state A, B, C and it calculates the future state X, Y, Z. However, the very act of calculating what the future is would change that future, because the present state A, B, C did not include the knowledge of the future, and adding the knowledge of the future changes that present state A, B, C, hence making the results of the equation uncertain. (In other words, people can now act differently from what they are supposed to do in the predicted future X, Y, Z, because they now know what that future is.) It is just like Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Trying to measure the position of a particle by introducing light into the system changes the position of that particle. Trying to measure the future by means of a deterministic equation changes that very future. Hence, i shall term it the future uncertainty principle.

Please note that calculating the future in this deterministic setting is different from having some sort of a psychic vision of future, and the issue of whether we can change the future in that setting is different from this one. Assuming scientific determinism to be true would also imply psychological determinism, and hence a denial of free will of a sort. This thought experiment also assumes that calculating the future is possible, since determinism does not automatically imply that it is.

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Anonymous said…
I very much your philosophical insights but knowing the future in order to change it, does not fit the definition of human agency in the famous quote by Voltaire: "Man is the maker of its own future". You know the future is going to be X with the factors A, B and C in the equation.

So you want to avoid X, then you try to introduce new variables in the equation to turn X into say X1. If X is your desired then Scientific Determinism helps you to choose the array of choices to fit the totality of Reality according to your wishes.

Just some ramblings. I hope you respond with your insights. I will be much honored.

regards,
Cremated Wolf.
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Awais said…
@ the author of the above deleted comments

Please refrain from personal attacks of this sort.
Awais said…
@ Cremated Wolf

Thank you for thoughts. X is not the desired, as you said. It is rather the "determined". And you are right, that one may change X into X1, which is perhaps bound to happen due to the uncertainty principle i elaborated in the post, but that is only possible if one is aware of what X is. And to be aware of what X is, one would have to assume/realize one's psychological determination. It is an interesting flux of free will and its lack thereof.